ACG National Capital is a cross-section of what the national capital region looks like, according to chapter president Ron Morgan.
"It's a growing membership and everyone is eager to help each other succeed. The networking is great and the exchange of market intelligence is invaluable," Morgan says. The chapter also has a number of active committees so there is plenty of opportunity for members to contribute.
"Quality networking, good content and strong connections are key goals for all of our activities," says Morgan. The chapter's monthly meetings are mostly breakfast meetings, but lately they've been trying to switch things up with lunch events and evening receptions. "We are listening to what our members are looking for and there is a desire for programs at different times," says Morgan.
Topics vary as well. Some events are designed specifically for new members, targeted industries, or job functions, while others are "all about having a good time, with no agenda," Morgan says. Most of the group's meetings are held at either the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner or the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, both in McLean, Va.
"Everyone involved with the chapter is working hard to make this one of the best in the country and the number one local organization dedicated to middle-market strategic growth," Morgan says.
In February, ACG National Capital will host the 2013 Annual Strategic Growth Conference & ACG DealSource event, where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Lanny Davis, who served as a special consultant to President Bill Clinton, will speak. The event draws leading investment banks and private equity firms that are active in the local market. The event will also feature two panels - one on leveraging commercial technologies for government use, and another on the state of the market and outlook for capital in private equity.
The chapter is also gearing up for its 11th annual awards gala in April, at which it expects close to 400 attendees. This year there are 10 categories in which companies, deal teams and individuals can win awards. New categories also exist for venture deal of the year, greatest regional impact and others. Nominations are now being accepted at www.acgcapitalawards.com.
Year Founded: 1988
Number of Members: 400
Annual Dues: $395
Approval Required for Membership: Yes
President: Ron Morgan, president of financial management and performance improvement, Morgan Franklin
ACG National Capital members represent the diverse business base of the local market. Given the proximity to government, the chapter has a healthy representation of some of the most active dealmakers who do business with the government. Because the region's economy is very diverse, the chapter has attracted capital providers and members from the technology, communications, business services and media sectors.